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Blues and Sunderland Linked With Striker Graham
at 20:20:00

We need to get out of this league & quickly; to do that we need to have a wily centre forward who will win ball, win frees/penalties in dangerous areas, bring younger faster players in with clever layoffs and score his fair share of goals. Danny Graham is exactly the kind of player we need to do that & would cause League 1 defences all kinds of problems. The fact that he is 34 doesn't concern me in the slightest; we'd be buying him to give us something difference to the options we have & get us into the Championship.
Newcastle paid £3m for an aging Darryl Murphy & left him on the bench most of their promotion season; but when they needed a presence up front, on he came & did his bit with goals, assists & general annoyance for defenders. Once they went up he was told he could leave as he wasn't going to feature at all in the Premier League. That was a sensible bit of business by Benitez, which paid off handsomely. I think Graham could well have a similar impact for us & Sears, Norwood & Jackson would really enjoy playing off him, not to mention Lankester, Dobra, Bishop & Judge coming on to the ball from midfield.
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Blues Make Garbutt Final Offer - Report
at 17:03:56

I'd like us to sign him & am surprised at the level of negativity towards him. He is a good left back, a decent left wing back & an excellent left winger, certainly at League 1 standard. All 3 areas are important to us. His goals, crosses & assists are a huge bonus to have. If he were to sign, and it is a big IF, we would also have a very saleable asset on our books should he match or better last season's performances & hopefully without any injury interrupting his form.
We need a rock solid centre half to partner Woolfenden & if Flynn Downes stays as a holding midfielder, we should have enough defensive cover, at this level, to allow us play exciting, attacking full backs; Huws & Skuse can help out by slotting in if/when they are playing too. The quality of KVY's runs on one side & Garbutt's deliveries on the other should be a massive weapon to occupy any side we meet in this league ... if the manager allows them to play a positive, forward focused game.
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Town Top League One Dirtiest Team Table
at 15:12:57

We're so starved of success, I'll take it.
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Jackson Turns Down Contract Claim
at 09:37:15

11 goals in Division 1, playing all season as a striker, 2 of which were against the Bolton kids, is not a great return, especially considering we were top of the league for a lot of it. Let him off. If it's a Championship club in for him we should be able to get back the crazy fee we paid for him.
I see Bristol Rovers signed a striker yesterday, that surely increases the chances of a Clarke-Harris exit. If we paid them £850k for Harrison a couple of years ago, we can surely justify £700k for him.
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Sears: Different But Enjoyable
at 17:48:26

@linkboy : Jackson scored goals when played as a striker; not so much when he was played out wide. Freddie has not been our starting striker for quite some time; Jackson sort of fell into that position due to injuries last season &, to be fair to him, worked hard & got some goals. I don't think he is a prolific goalscorer though, even at Division 1 level. I would back a fit Freddie Sears to outscored him, by quite a few goals, in the role of striker, over the course a season giving the same opportunities.
It's all about opinions of course.
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Sears: Different But Enjoyable
at 16:15:55

As said above, Freddie was a great success when played as one half of striking partnership alongside a 'big man'; outside of that he has struggled with the position assigned, injury &, I would suggest, confidence. There is no doubt that Freddie Sears can be a prolific goalscorer at Division 1 level, when played regularly in his best position.
He fitted in perfectly after joining, scored plenty of goals & helped Murphy keep going to his 27 goal season, in the Championship; he was an inspired signing to replace the injured McGoldrick. Trying to accommodate all 3 on McGoldrick's return caused difficulties though, similar to how McCarthy struggled to accommodate 3 centre halves in his team, with Chambers struggling at right back, but persisted with.
Lambert needs to look at who he has, know how he's going to utilise them best, maximising their abilities, look to release the square pins & bring in the type of player who will complete a coherent squad. That means bringing in a centre forward, who Freddie can play off/with.
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Nydam Nearing Return to Action
at 19:39:04

Hopefully his injury worries are behind him now & he can go on to be the footballer we thought he was going to be when he broke into the first team squad. It's only 2 years since we saw a teenage midfield trio of Tristan, Flynn Downes & Andre Dozzell play a confident, passing game against West Ham in pre-season, and look like they were nearly ready to be regulars in the side. An unsuccessful loan spell & a bad injury really set the lad back, so he deserves some luck for the season ahead.
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Keeper Matthews Training With Town
at 18:55:33

I have wanted us to bring in Matthews for a while now, so I see this as a very positive development. Hopefully a deal can be arrived at & he has a great opportunity to demonstrate his character as well as his footballing ability.
He is a very good keeper for Division 1 level & certainly good enough for Championship football. He would be a great addition & with him being out of contract, represents a transfer fee the owner is prepared to pay.
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Palace Again Linked With £4m Downes
at 09:58:20

£4m doesn't do him justice. Sometimes it's potential that is bought in a young, lower league player, but Flynn Downes is already far more than that. He is certainly ready to be a regular in a Championship side &, in my view, would be in the match day squad, at least, of a Premier League side of Palace's size.
The difficulty we have though, is that the big money generally goes on attacking players, certainly when it's from Division 1 or lower tier sides. Lookman, Assambolonga (spelling?), Dele Ali all went for decent money, but all were seen as goal scorers; defenders & holding midfielers rarely go for the really big fees, unless they are already established in the top 2 divisions. Unfortunately, I can see Flynn going for £4m & that figure may well include appearance add ons. All we can hope is that we'd negotiate a proper sell on fee aswell, so we get 20% of the £30m he goes for when Palace sell him to a top 6 club.
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Former Blues Defender McGreal Sacked By Colchester
at 12:08:12

Good luck to John McGreal, I hope he gets a new job quickly.

As for the second part of article; that's Coventry, Rotherham & Wycombe that got promoted out of our league this season - it really was there for the taking for us, as none of those 3 sides were expected to fill those spots (Rotherham outside shot I guess).
So next season, even if we get our act together, we'll have Portsmouth, Sunderland, Oxford, Peterborough, Doncaster & Fleetwood to contend with again and nearly all of whom improved greatly as the season went on, unlike us. Then we'll have the 3 come down - Luton, Barnsley & Wigan perhaps. We can also assume that someone like Gillingham will get off to a flyer & hang in there and at least one of the sides coming up will be playoff contenders.
Yep, we blew a great chance this season!
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Town Announce 2020/21 Squad Numbers
at 12:05:46

I could understand Janoi D losing the #2 shirt if KVY had been taking it, as he is clearly going to be our first choice right back (RWB) next season, which suggests that somebody else must be lined up already, to come in as a probable first team starter & who wants the shirt?
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Town Take Up Option on Nolan's Contract
at 15:19:04

Perfectly decent midfielder who we haven't seen the best of & who should certainly be causing havoc for defenders as part of an Ipswich side playing Division 1 football. Why he hasn't been better is probably as much down to how the team has been set up to play, as it is down to his own ability & confidence.
Not as good as Bishop or Judge is that advanced role behind the strikers, but with our record of injuries & loss of form, should get plenty more game time.
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Blues Again Linked With Ex-Northampton Keeper Cornell
at 23:18:15

I would prefer us to go for Remi Matthews from Bolton. He was excellent in a very poor messed up side last season & we have previously been interested in him. His contract with them came to an end last week, so he fits the profile of someone we'd go for.
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Woolfenden: This is a Massive Club, It Shouldn't Be Where It Is
at 14:37:21

First choice, right sided centre back, with no rotation policy, would be great.
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Woolfenden Signs New Deal
at 13:10:23

Really good news & will send positive waves through the club, hopefully influencing others to stay in the knowledge that the club hasn't thrown in the towel. I understand that someone might still come in for him & he could still go, but at least we're in a stronger position to reject a insulting offer now & worse case scenario would get good money to be able to replace him with a decent centre half.
Despite his injury hit season the previous year, I still feel the decision to sell Adam Webster was the start of the rot for us 2 seasons ago (whether it was Hurst's decision, or had been decided before his appointment) and I'm convinced it played a part in Bart's falling out with the club having signed his deal n the expectation of a promotion run that season.
The thoughts of having a fit KVY and Luke Woolfenden in our back 4 next season is the kind of thing that makes me feel positive about what may lay in store again. A new decent left-footed centre half, a left back & a goal scoring centre forward and I might even get excited about next season.
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Everton Confirm Garbutt Release
at 17:24:28

He is unlikely to join any of our Division 1 rivals, so if PL & the club want him we are in with a chance of getting him by offering terms early, before the Championship finishes & those clubs look to sort out their squads for next season. If Coventry or Rotherham are interested, they can offer him Championship football of course & are looking to next season already.
I like him & would definitely be in favour of signing him if possible; he offers quality at left back, left wing back & left wing, although his main strengths are in going forward & delivery rather than straight defensive work.
With the uncertainty of next season & teams definitely going to be wary of having big squads on big contracts, he may be wise to consider an offer on the table rather than waiting weeks or months with no wages for better options which may not come.
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Garbutt Not Ruling Out Town Return
at 23:05:53

Unlikely to be with us next season, as Championship clubs will have noticed his quality & goals, but in one sense the premature ending of the season works in our favour, and provides an opportunity to sign players early, while the clubs in the leagues above have 6 more weeks of this season ahead of them to worry about. Many are still unsure what league they will be playing in, so won't be moving in the transfer market just yet.
The post coronavirus world will be tough for all businesses, so most football clubs won't be assembling big, expensive squads next season; which leaves a lot of players who have come to the end of their contracts in an unusually vulnerable position. He may well be advised to take a decent contract with a big Division 1 club now, rather than risking a few months of uncertainty. He may well have something lined up already, but if not him, the same rationale should work in helping us secure some lower league targets we have in mind (Matthews & Darcy from Bolton?) before the sides in Championship come in & outbid or out-impress us.
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Youngster Hughes Agrees First Pro Deal
at 10:58:01

Really good news; he looks a real talent & a likely first team player over the coming year.
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Lambert: You've Got to Look at Yourself
at 11:57:53

He's laying it out there as if it was just poor form in February & March that cost us, but in reality we weren't playing well for some time before Christmas, but were managing to get some results. The signs were there & enough fans were aware of it & pointing it out.
I'll go back to the game at MK Dons, great turnout by the fans, who were almost as numerous as the home supporters & certainly louder, got a decent start, scored in the first half & then got battered in the second half, by a poor team who were heading towards the relegation places, who just couldn't get the goal/s they deserved. That was when it really struck me; but PL would only rate that by the win (a fair thing to do if our form was generally good), while our play & capitulation in the second half of games was already a worry. Luckily for us, the other contenders hadn't gotten their act together by then. But the sorted things out & improved, while we still didnt know what our best team & formation was in March.
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League One Clubs Vote to End Season Early
at 17:02:33

On a practical level, with Bolton's relegation finally confirmed, we should look to bring in Remi Matthews as our goalkeeper. He's only 26 & was arguably the best keeper in Division 1. Always be closing.
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